Fro"ward (?), a. [Fro + -ward. See Fro, and cf. Fromward.]

Not willing to yield or compIy with what is required or is reasonable; perverse; disobedient; peevish; as, a froward child.

A froward man soweth strife. Prov. xvi. 28.

A froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as innovation. Bacon.

Syn. -- Untoward; wayward; unyielding; ungovernable: refractory; obstinate; petulant; cross; peevish. See Perverse.

-- Fro"ward*ly, adv. -- Fro"ward*ness, n.


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